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Covid hospitals with ICU facilities to come up in Khanapara, Sarusajai and Kahikuchi

 HT Bureau

 GUWAHATI, April 23: Three temporary Covid hospitals with intensive care unit (ICU) facilities will be coming up soon in Khanapara, Sarusajai and Kahikuchi, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed here on Friday.

A 750-bed temporary hospital including 200-bed intensive care units (ICU) is likely to come up at Khanapara veterinary playground in the city soon to accommodate Covid-19 positive patients from other parts.

“A 750-bed temporary hospital including 200-bed ICU is being set-up at the Khanapara field for treatment of #COVID patients. Inspected sites with officials of Health Dept & PWD today and asked for work to be expedited,” Sarma said in a tweet on Friday.

Accompanied by senior health officials, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday visited Khanapara and asked the public works department (PWD) to complete the construction of the temporary hospital as soon as possible.

Sarma also reviewed the treatment facilities and infrastructures of the Sarusajai facility.

“Pleased to share that we’re ramping up our #COVIDEmergency2021 management capabilities on war footing and in the process also setting up a 255-bed Covid Care Center at SIRD, Kahikuchi, Azara,” Sarma tweetted.

“Isolation and management of #COVID19 patients are key to their faster recovery, as was effectively done last year by our doctors & paramedic teams. We’re again setting up the Sarusajai facility with a 400-bed Covid Care Centre. Visited the site today,” Sarma said in another tweet.

In a bid to ramp up the infrastructure of beds and ICU facilities for Covid emergency, Sarma on Thursday held a review meeting with principal secretary of health Samir Sinha, Guwahati Medical College Hospital and it’s doctor, officials of National Health Mission (NHM) as well as the PWD.

“The health department has the template of 2020 Covid management to count on,” Sarma said.

He also informed that the health department has decided to add 50 more ICU beds at the GMCH which has prepared 81 ICU beds for Covid positive patients.

“In MMCH also 24 ICU beds were kept ready for Covid patients. In Kalapahar Covid Hospital there are 38 ICUs and we are planning to add 30 more. From today, the Dhirenpara hospital has been transformed into a total Covid Hospital too,” he added.

The state government has already asked the hospitals to join hands with hotels here to accommodate Covid positive patients.

Sarma on Wednesday said that Covid-19 positive patients who don’t have any symptoms will be moved to hotels. “The patient needs to bear the expenses of their hotel stay while the state government will treat him for free. There will be ambulances and a team of health officials available at the hotels for any emergency,” he said.

Several hotels in the city have reportedly agreed to facilitate beds to private hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.



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